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Cricket Country: The Untold History of the First All India Team by Prashant Kidambi, Gurgaon: Penguin Viking, 2019; pp 456, ₹ 599.

Is the Cricket World Cup a 'Global' Competition?

The 2019 cricket World Cup has fewer teams participating in it than in the last three World Cups, which questions the International Cricket Council's (ICC) plans to expand the sport's footprint. If cricket is to be a truly global sport, it must aspire for a place in international sporting competitions.

How the Ranji Trophy Exemplifies India's Unfulfilled Statehood Ambitions

The continued existence of Vidarbha and Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy is not only a reminder of cricket’s rich and complex past in India, but also of dissolved territorial units and unfulfilled statehood ambitions.

Does India Need a Caste-based Quota in Cricket?

In India’s 85-year-long Test history, only four of the 289 male Test cricketers have reportedly been Dalits. While concrete steps have been taken to address a similar under-representation of non-white players in South Africa, Dalit under-representation in Indian cricket has received scant attention. There is a need to understand this as a function of systemic barriers arising from corporate patronage post-independence and the urban stranglehold of the game, instead of attributing it to choice, inherent inability or upper caste “tastes.” The grass-roots development approach of Cricket South Africa can serve as an example to address this anomaly.


The Indian Premier League is incidentally about cricket. It is a chance for software engineers to design better analytical software, film stars to seek publicity, players looking for better pay packets, businesses to look for better advertising opportunities, and television channels to improve their ratings—all are stakeholders in the game.

Mumbai in the Time of Sachin Tendulkar

In the two decades that Sachin has been scaling new peaks, the game has become an adjunct of the entertainment industry and Mumbai, his home, a very different city.

Cricket: Victory as Crisis

Paradoxical as it may sound the World Cup win is more dark cloud than silver lining.

Calcutta Diary

The vocal sections of Indians have their priorities sorted out in excellent detail. The nation, the part of it that matters, lives for cricket and is prepared to die for it. Entertain no illusion, these sections do not have the slightest inclination to pledge themselves either for Iraq or for global peace.

Calcutta Diary

Our star cricketers, some of whom reputedly earn anything between 20 and 50 crore rupees annually, should have the modesty to admit what they owe to the nation's poor. It is because the poor are oppressed and exploited that the cozy consumer goods market, backed by ample purchasing power, has emerged. The cricketers may have divine talent, but it would not have earned them their living had the poor, by their abnegation, either voluntary or forced, not paved the way for the creation of fabulous wealth on the part of the nation's cricketers.

The Vernacular in Sports History

A study of sports history is crucial not only to understanding the evolving sporting heritage of a nation, but to appreciate seemingly unrelated political processes such as nationalism, colonial culture, etc. Moreover, vernacular sources present a fundamentally different understanding of history as this paper demonstrates in its study of Bengali tracts on sport which sheds light on imperialist-nationalist politics in late colonial Bengal.
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